Challenge Accepted: ARC August 2016 - Updated

Welcome to my into post for this year's ARC August! ARC August is this awesome challenge created by Octavia and Shelly of Read. Sleep. Repeat. that allows participants to whittle down their TBRs specifically by targeting ARCs. 

What are ARCs? ARCs are Advance Reader Copies or Advance Review Copies. These are copies, usually either paperback or digital formats, of books that have not yet been widely released. Publishers create these books to send to book reviewers to create buzz for upcoming titles. ARCs are not able to be sold in bookstores and can't be part of a library's circulating collection.

Why is ARC August so awesome? Book blogging can sometimes be pretty stressful. It seems like there's an unending stack of unread books piling up around my apartment, and I feel like I never have enough time to give each title the attention it deserves. Additionally, there are a lot of book events over the summer: BEA, Book Con, ALA, Blog Bound Con, etc. During these conferences, it's not uncommon to walk away with new books in the double digits. ARC August allows bloggers the opportunity to focus solely on upcoming titles and create individual goals for books read and reviewed. 

As always, I'm going to created two goals: books read + books reviewed

ARC August To Be Read:
Nevernight - Jay Kristoff
The Thousandth Floor - Katharine McGee
Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake
And I Darken - Kiersten White
Gap Life - John Coy
All the Feels - Danika Stone
Diplomatic Immunity - Brodi Ashton
The Lovely Reckless - Kami Garcia

ARC August To Be Reviewed:
(these are ARCs I read before August that I haven't reviewed yet)
This Adventure Ends - Emma Mills
Summer of Supernovas - Darcy Woods
My Lady Jane - Lady Janies
The Heartbreakers - Ali Novak
Defending Taylor - Miranda Kenneally
Gemina - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Riders - Veronica Rossi
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh
A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir
The Unexpected Everything - Morgan Matson

I just decided that I'm going to be moving next month which means August just became cleaning-and-packing August. So I've decided to lower my goal to pick just 5 titles from each of the lists above instead of doing all of them. 

Are you participating in ARC August? Have you read any of the books on my to-read list? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Ooh, I hope you enjoy Nevernight and The Thousandth Floor! I really enjoyed those two and I hope you do too!

    1. Jay is one of my favorite people, but I'm really nervous about reading Nevernight. I've heard so much about it, and I HATE forming expectations. I hope I love it too!

  2. I am so behind on my ARC August goals. I am hoping to catch up on them over the weekend and this upcoming week.

    I can't wait to see your reviews for Nevernight and Three Dark Crowns after you've read them! I am so stoked to read those. And I hope that you enjoy And I Darken. It is one of my favorite books this year! =D

    1. I've read two and a half ARCs so far, and I'm behind on my reviews so here's to hoping I can catch up this weekend as well. I'm going a bit rogue and read a couple that actually aren't on my list.

  3. I've been participating in ARC August, too. My goal is just to read as many of my ARCs as I can and pull my NetGalley ratio percentage up. I think I read 7 books, but I only wrote reviews for about half of them. Time to catch up!